A glove that counteracts hand tremours in order to make life easier for Parkinson’s sufferers has been praised by experts at a technology awards ceremony.
The Gyroglove, a wearable tech glove that counteracts the tremors commonly associated with Parkinson’s disease, stabilises the hand directly without invasive surgery.
Over 200 million people worldwide are affected by hand tremours, and it is hoped that the glove could reduce tremors by up to 60%.
The creators, 24 year olds Paul de Panisse Passis and Tiarvando Lasiman, were selected by a star-studded panel, which included TalkTalk Founder and Chairman Sir Charles Dunstone, Baroness Martha Lane-Fox, and Peter Gabriel.
The entrepreneurs pitched their ideas to global business leaders in London, before ten finalists were whittled down to the winners.
Paul and Tiavando have now been given £10,000 in order to bring their ideas to life.
The event was hosted by Davina McCall and sponsored by Talk Talk, and the announcement of the winners is the culmination of a process that has seen 14-25 year olds from across the country submit their original tech ideas.
X Factor judge Simon Cowell also gave his verdict on the finalists.
He said: “All the ideas were really smart and it was great to be a part of this competition. How these young people think of this stuff I just don’t know. Gyroglove really impressed me as it actually has the potential to be a medical breakthrough.”
Sir Charles Dunstone, Founder and Chairman of TalkTalk, added: “There were so many brilliant ideas in this competition and we could have given the prize to any of the finalists. However, we recognised that the £10,000 we are offering has the potential to most transform and develop this idea, in terms of making the device smaller and getting it to the people who need it the most. That’s why the prize went to Gyroglove.”
The two runners up were Watch Out Diabetes and Palletech. Dina Radenkovic, a 20-year-old from University College London, presented the Watch Out Diabetes app, which adjusts insulin drug doses based on an individual’s lifestyle and illness, to prevent potentially fatal doses of hypoglycaemia.
Meanwhile, Richard Linkesch, 25, and Anthony Waiman, 23, both from the University of Cambridge, presented Palletech – a sensor that can be installed in transportation pallets in order for companies to monitor factors such as immediate stock updates and location info.